MNO participates in second Métis Nation Permanent Bilateral Mechanism Leaders Meeting

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MNO President Margaret Froh (right) attends the second
Métis Nation Permanent Bilateral Mechanism Leaders
Meeting on March 19 on Parliament Hill. Also in
attendance were the Presidents of all the Métis National
Council governing members, including Métis Nation British
Columbia President Clara Morin Dal Col (left). Click here
to view a larger version of the picture.

Métis Nation leaders met with federal representatives on March 19 for the second Métis Nation Permanent Bilateral Mechanism Leaders Meeting to discuss and move forward on priorities set out in the Canada-Métis Nation Accord.

The meeting comes after the signing of the Accord last April, which established annual meetings with the Prime Minister, semi-annual meetings with key Cabinet ministers and quarterly meetings with Assistant Deputy Ministers and other senior officials.

Among the representatives in attendance were Métis Nation of Ontario President Margaret Froh and the Presidents of all the Métis National Council governing members, including Métis National Council President Clément Chartier, Métis Nation British Columbia President Clara Morin Dal Col, Métis Nation of Alberta President Audrey Poitras, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan President Glen McCallum, Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand and Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak President Melanie Omeniho, as well as Métis Elder Oliver Boulette.

The meeting delved into discussions of the progress made in areas of early learning and child care, employment and social development, housing and discussed the second priority areas of the Accord including education, child and family services, economic development and the new fiscal relationship. Time was also spent discussing the investments made in Budget 2018, the recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights framework, the Sixties Scoop and the need for a supported process that would ensure Metis individuals will be part of the discussion, and the importance of addressing Métis Veteran’s issues.

“These meetings offer an opportunity for the Métis governments from Ontario to British Columbia to come together with the federal government in order to address collective concerns and priorities within the Canada-Métis Nation Accord,” said President Froh “while also recognizing that we all have distinct needs that will require specific government to government approaches.”

Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services; Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour; Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health also attended.

“Today's important discussions as part of the Permanent Bilateral Arrangement with the Métis National Council truly represent significant progress on our relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership” said Dr. Bennett in a news release.

Posted: March 21, 2018

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